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  1.    24 Feb 2017 #1
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    Command Window Colors


    If I open the command window and highlight something the text color comes out black and the background bright white.
    How I can change them?

    This not the same as the popup colors.
    What are the popups anyway?

    I know how change colors of text and background colors of regular text and popup text.

    But not the highlight text.

    Don Cole
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  2.    24 Feb 2017 #2
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    Quote Originally Posted by doncole View Post
    If I open the command window and highlight something the text color comes out black and the background bright white.
    How I can change them?

    This not the same as the popup colors.
    What are the popups anyway?

    I know how change colors of text and background colors of regular text and popup text.

    But not the highlight text.

    Don Cole
    You should be able to change all four properties.

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  3.    24 Feb 2017 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by doncole View Post
    If I open the command window and highlight something the text color comes out black and the background bright white.
    How I can change them?

    This not the same as the popup colors.
    What are the popups anyway?

    I know how change colors of text and background colors of regular text and popup text.

    But not the highlight text.

    Don Cole
    Windows does a kinda "reverse" color match on highlighted text in the console window. Not much control over that part. If you change the text color, it will pick an appropriate reverse color of it's choosing. Probably not what you wanted to hear, but. Example of changing the text to Cyan, highlight comes out Red. The background of the highlighted will always be white.

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  4.    24 Feb 2017 #4
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    The highlight reverses both text and background colours in my experience.
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  5.    24 Feb 2017 #5
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    The only way I found that you can change the highlighted text is if you change the cmd windows background color along with the text color. That's why Fafhrd's highlighted text is blue on yellow, his text is yellow, confused yet?

    There can be many contrasting colors set to the users liking, some pleasant , some garish. As an example, a pink background with the brite green text makes my eyes hurt, some sets can make the text invisible; Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

    See Part Four of my 7F tutorial. Make sure you start as in step four and click on default to set the defaults you want.
    Last edited by Anak; 25 Feb 2017 at 07:32. Reason: Thought I wanted to change the wording , but I'm not sure....
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  6.    25 Feb 2017 #6
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    Thank you Edwin, f14tomcat, Fafhrd and Anak,

    I've pretty much got

    screen text,
    screen background
    popup text,
    popup background,
    highlight text,
    and highlight background
    colors down now.

    What I would now like to know is what is a popup? and where could I view one?

    Don Cole
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  7.    25 Feb 2017 #7
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    If you press F7 it will show a command history pop up, in your chosen pop up colours, like this:

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    perhaps you can find some more?
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  8.    25 Feb 2017 #8
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    You're welcome!

    The popup or cmd line history popup is useful for re-running a previous cmd, proficient users of a cmd prompt may have hundreds of previous cmd's [the default is 50 and can be set to 999] so while in a cmd session they would invoke the F7 key and use the ↑↓ keys to pick a certain cmd and press enter to run that cmd.

    Something I just learned is, you can set the opacity [transparency] of the cmd window in w10 by going to the botom of the Colors Tab and use the slider at the bottom of the tab.

    More:
    To change the default amount of cmd's saved, see: Part One: To Change Command Prompt Options in my tutorial.
    Also: How To Make The Command Prompt Look & Work Better
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  9.    25 Feb 2017 #9
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    If you happen to choose a custom colour with selected color bit values for your background and text, you get even more variation with the highlight effects:
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    Remember though,if you use powershell, it will format and highlight colours itself, so don't make stuff unreadable!
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  10.    25 Feb 2017 #10
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    I use my theme colors, (if I think of it!)
    I believe you must customize each applet though, CP, CP Admin, PS and PS Admin, I could be wrong.

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